A traditional Greek island with a slow pace, Lesvos sits in the Agean Sea offering beautiful scenery alongside a wonderfully hot climate. The island attracts beach-lovers, history buffs, wildlife spotters and those who want to relax.
Holidays in Lesvos – or Mytilini as it's also known - are about sitting on the shoreline at a seafood taverna listening to the waves. This is particularly rewarding at one of the cluster of resorts in the northwest – Molyvos, Petra and Anaxos - which benefit from spectacular sunsets across the Aegean Sea.
There's also lots to see and do in Lesvos, especially if you like learning about the history of places you visit. From castles to natural hot springs, the attractions here are less about thrills and more about experiences. Peoples in Lesvos know a thing or two about how to make excellent food and drink. As well as tasting it, you can learn how some of the world's best ouzo and olive oil is made at distilleries and museums across the island.
A nature-lovers paradise, the island is brimming with olive groves and has a large bay at the south that many rivers flow into. This means Lesvos is unusually lush and green for such a warm country, attracting lots of rare birds to its wetlands and wildlife all over.
A quiet, seaside village with a brilliant beach, you can enjoy all sorts of watersports in Anaxos.
Relaxation is key here and sunsets from the waterfront restaurants are magnificent.
You're close to some brilliantly secluded beaches as well as to Molyvos and Petra for more action.
The impressive medieval castle looks down over Molyvos and can be seen all along the northwest coast.
Cobbled streets full of antique and craft shops spill down the hillside through narrow alleyways covered in flowering Wisteria.
Between the harbour and beachside cafes are many delicious places to eat and relax.
Petra's church on a high, rocky outcrop is the focal point of this fishing village and tourist favourite.
Sample traditional Greek life in the shops, galleries and museum of the village centre and taste it at the authentic restaurants.
Petra has a Blue Flag beach and a few fun bars.
With pride of place on Lesvos' huge southern bay, Skala Kalloni has a reputation for bringing the tastiest sardines in Greece into its pretty harbour.
The three-kilometre beach is one of the best on the island and bird-watchers flock here at the same time as the birds do in spring.